Anyone know a good intellectual property lawyer?

So Bitacle has my LJ as a feed.

I didn’t authorize them to do that.

They’re not paying me royalties, or the profits from the advertising that’s attached to my stuff. The little blurb at the bottom that “Articles are copyrighted by their respective authors” apparently didn’t stop them from stealing content.

So I’m serious about an intellectual property lawyer. I want to sue Bitacle. Preferably right out of existence.

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6 comments so far

  1. ataniell93 on

    talk to Chip? he might know someone.

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      Possible. It’s a wonder that no one’s sued them yet. I notice the contact email address they list on the site is on gmail.

      whois provides the following information, including the unfortunate news that they’re not in the US (blank fields not reproduced here, admin and tech contacts are same as registrant), which makes legal action more difficult:

      Domain ID:D107134988-LROR

      Domain Name:BITACLE.ORG

      Created On:09-Aug-2005 11:08:59 UTC

      Last Updated On:11-Aug-2006 01:22:58 UTC

      Expiration Date:09-Aug-2007 11:08:59 UTC

      Sponsoring Registrar:eNom401, Incorporated (R21-LROR)

      Status:OK

      Registrant ID:JA7268-BR

      Registrant Name:Jesus Angelo Glez.

      Registrant Organization:Jesus Angelo Glez.

      Registrant Street1:Plaza Espana, n2 - 2B

      Registrant City:Burgos

      Registrant State/Province:Burgos

      Registrant Postal Code:09005

      Registrant Country:ES

      Registrant Phone:+3.4628644317

      Registrant Email:info@bitacle.com

      Their upstream provider is telia.net, which does have a presence in the United States and might be interested to know what one of their customers is doing. Telia is (I assume) no accomplice to this and probably aren’t even really aware of what Bitacle is up to.

      Yet.

  2. argh_jim on

    I smell “class action”

  3. surakofb5 on

    One of the dirty little secrets of the Internet is that there’s absolutely nothing to stop people from stealing the content once it’s posted. Theoretically works are copyright of the owner, but that’s damned hard to enforce. Unless you are Paramount or Disney, you can’t afford the long, protracted legal action to protect your copyright. Besides, look how well suing Napster eliminated music sharing. The best you can do is friends-lock your posts to slow down the rate of theft.

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      Yes, but the difference here–and the one I think the courts will pay attention to–is that they’re using my journal to sell advertising space on their website without either permission or compensation. If that’s allowed, then I can take any image I see of Mickey Mouse, post it on a website, and make money by wrapping ads around it, so long as I say that it’s “copyright the original creator”. You think Disney would allow a precedent like that? Neither do I.


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